The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is an agricultural research organisation (public body), employing approx. 700 staff across 7 sites in Northern Ireland. AFBI undertakes assigned research work programmes on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland. In addition, AFBI carries out significant externally-funded scientific work including commercial contracts, European projects and other international collaborations. AFBI’s core functions are to deliver a programme of statutory testing, surveillance, emergency response, research and development and scientific advice in relation to animal and plant disease, the environment, food safety, freshwater and marine fisheries and rural and agri-food and rural economics. Aspects of this scientific programme enable DAERA and Northern Ireland to comply with national and EU legislation, and support policy development.